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Arctic Wargame (Justin Hall # 1) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Ethan Jones
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ARCTIC WARGAME is the first book in the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series, hitting Amazon’s Best Sellers lists in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Canadian Intelligence Service Agent Justin Hall—combat-hardened in operations throughout Northern Africa—has been demoted after a botched mission in Libya.

When two foreign icebreakers appear in Canadian Arctic waters, Justin volunteers for the reconnaissance mission, eager to return to the field. His team discovers a foreign weapons cache deep in the Arctic, but they are not aware that a spy has infiltrated the Department of National Defence.

The team begins to unravel a treasonous plan against Canada, but they fall under attack from one of their own. Disarmed and stripped of their survival gear, they are stranded in a remote location. Now the team must survive the deadly Arctic not only to save themselves, but their country.

ARCTIC WARGAME is an action-packed spy thriller in the bestselling tradition of David Baldacci, Brad Thor and Vince Flynn. Readers will enjoy a great tale of courage, fear and betrayal.

The bonus content includes the prologue and the first chapter of TRIPOLI'S TARGET, the second book in this series, which came out in 2012 and reached Amazon’s Best Sellers lists in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Biographie de l'auteur

Ethan Jones is the author of the wildly popular Justin Hall spy thriller series. The first book in this series, Arctic Wargame, came out in May. The second one, Tripoli's Target, was released on October 2012. The third book, Fog of War, came out on June 2013. Ethan has also published several short stories. He is a lawyer by trade, and he lives in Canada with his wife and son.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 987 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 330 pages
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0084FH6M8
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
  • Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon: n°296.334 dans la Boutique Kindle (Voir le Top 100 dans la Boutique Kindle)

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Ethan Jones is a lawyer by trade and the author of Arctic Wargame, a spy thriller available on Amazon as an e-book and paperback. He has also published two short stories: Carved in Memory, a prequel to Arctic Wargame, and The Last Confession, both available on Amazon as e-books. His second spy thriller, Tripoli's Target, will be released on October 9, 2012. Ethan lives in Canada with his wife and his son.

To learn more about Ethan's current and future works and to read exclusive author interviews, books excerpts and book reviews, visit Ethan's blog - http://ethanjonesbooks.worpress.com

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 a good story line 13 avril 2014
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A racy good story with plenty of action, and thankfully, hardly any suds and endless background trivia. It only gets four stars, because the punctuation needs to be seriously looked at. The adverbials aren't doing their job!
Writer's Quarter, Culture Gap, radio Liberté, Ribérac, France.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The arctic trails have their secret tales 21 mai 2012
Par Aaron C. Brown - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Arctic Wargames is a conventional thriller set along the Davis Strait in the far northeast of Canada. The strongest character is the setting itself which interacts with the story at key points in unexpected ways. The book is much less interesting when events move south of the Arctic Circle. Unfortunately, the author is unable to maintain a steady awareness of the northern environment. When necessary for the plot, aspects like intense cold, difficulty of distinguishing ice-covered solid ground from ice-covered water and the experience of using different types of vehicles under arctic conditions; are described with accuracy, but these same things are forgotten in the next scene.

The plot is logically consistent and clever, although gleefully absurd as befits the genre. The author plays fair. The incredible premise is set out clearly with no surprise inventions later in the book. And as far from reality as the events are, there is a core of real geography and politics. You'll probably need a good map and a little research into territorial disputes in land of the midnight sun to make sense of things, or you can forget all that and just cheer for the good guys to blow up the bad guys. Arctic Wargames has a tight pace, steadily building to a satisfying climax with just enough backstory, foreshadowing and multithreading to keep things interesting. The author does a good job of avoiding predictable step-by-step storytelling without ever forgetting that this is a thriller that has to drive relentlessly forward.

Once you get beyond plot, pacing and setting, the book has some weaknesses. The characters are stock and unappealing. That's not uncommon for a thriller nor, for many readers, much of a disadvantage. Ethan Jones is not pretending to be Jane Austin. Still, I like a little humanity even in someone whose main attribute is statistically improbable survival and whose main function is to cause spectacular destruction at just the right time. The only slightly interesting twist is that the main character is Canadian who denounces US jingoism at every opportunity, while displaying extreme violent nationalism untroubled by considerations of legality or human rights, and without discernible morality or philosophy. This might be parody, but I suspect it's just a silly attempt to make the book more politically correct, like when James Bond gave up smoking.

More seriously for a thriller, the dialog is weak and the action scenes are not compelling. Most dialog is directed at the reader, describing things both characters already know and not sounding in the least natural. The phrasing gives no clue about the character or attitude of the speaker, and there are no great lines to savor. The action scenes bog down in description or dialog when they should be moving relentlessly forward, the main action sequence splits into too many parts without clarity about relative positions or timing and the author inexplicably skips over some of the best parts.

Overall, this is a pretty good thriller, with most of the flaws of the genre. Its setting, plot and pacing make it above average, but its dialog, characters and action sequences prevent it from being more than pretty good.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Adequate, but not much more 14 juillet 2012
Par Josh Mauthe - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The most unique aspect of Arctic Wargame is the fact that it centers on an elite military unit...based in Canada. Indeed, a lot of the book orbits around a potential war between Canada and Denmark, and it's fascinating to watch these events play out with America being reduced to a background role, and not always a heroic one at that. Sadly, that's about the only truly compelling aspect of Arctic Wargame, which otherwise is a perfectly serviceable, if unremarkable, military thriller. The characters are relatively generic; from the alpha-male hero to the evil mastermind working for the villains, you've seen these characters before, and none of them are particularly complex here. That's fine for novels like this, which are more about the action; sadly, the action here is overly complex, and Jones often loses the reader in battles which lose all sense of geography or direction. Still, I could usually understand the general sense of the battles, but the bigger problem was this: I never really cared that much who won or lost, and that's a big problem with a big action-based book. In the end, it's not as though Arctic Wargame is particularly bad - the characters are serviceable, the plot interesting enough, the action adequate. But it's never all that good, either, and by the end, it was more dull than anything else - and that may be worse than being really "bad".
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 "These bloody Canadians are tougher than we thought." 13 août 2012
Par Cheryl Stout - Publié sur Amazon.com
I started "Arctic Wargame" thinking it was going to be much more of an Arctic survival novel than spy thriller. It ended up with a few pages in a full novel of being stranded in the Arctic and then it was a fairly typical spy thriller. Nothing against spy thrillers. It's just usually not a genre I pick up and read.

That written, I did finish the book and enjoyed most...some of it. The premise of the book was unique but I never felt it was fully played out. The book was rather dry and blase about the whole idea of Denmark (actually Russia) invading Canada. There were some exciting vignettes but they were the exception rather than the norm.

The idea of agents from the Canadian Intelligence Service was different but I never got a real "Canadian" flavor from these characters or the book. To me the book could have taken place anywhere - I never got a good sense of place. I also never felt that ANY of the characters were fully developed or sympathetic. Some of this, I am sure, is because this is a spy thriller. I never find too much character development in this genre which is one reason I usually avoid it. I like to know a bit more about my characters and their motivations. I like to "like" at least one protagonist in a book and didn't in this one. But...there was action. I like action. The action scenes were what kept me reading until the end of the book, even though none of them out and out over-the-top either.

After all that, I might give this author another chance in the future. This is his first book. He did write a teaser short story for "Arctic Wargame" called Carved in Memory and I enjoyed it. So I believe he is going to improve. Very few authors write a bestseller the first time out; it's a process. So I might try Jones again. I do know that his next book is almost out - "Tripoli's Target." It is the second in this series and another spy thriller.

NOTE: I did receive a copy of this book from the author, who I do not know, as an Advanced Reading Copy. He originally got me hooked by saying this was an Arctic survival story and actually the blurb on the back of the book says this too. That is a very small part of this novel.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Very Disappointing 31 octobre 2013
Par journalguy - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This work is pretty close to being totally ridiculous. An American base commander rescues 3 people from certain death in the Canadian Arctic, realizes that they are most likely Canadian military or intelligence officers, and then refuses to allow them to contact the Canadian government and also fails to inform his own superiors of the situation? You're kidding, right? And Danish intelligence officers organize an armed invasion of Canada, using imprisoned terrorists and criminals? I'm accustomed to a certain lack of realism in books in this genre, but this one is really over the top.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Needed some help 13 septembre 2012
Par Dandee Book Worm - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The overall plot of the book was adequate, though heavily cliche-d. This is not gonna make Tom Clancy worry much. Felt like I was reading a 1968 James Bond rerun. Characters more than a little wooden, with next to no life outside the action of the book - not well-developed. Hence, you don't really get into what is going on very much, because you don't care about the outcome. It seems the author believed that special effects would carry him through - it doesn't. The bad guys reminded me of Natasha and Boris - ham-handed one-dimensional buffoons. If the good guys couldn't handle THIS, there was no hope for anyone. I tried repeatedly to picture the scene/setting of the final battle, but kept having to completely re-draw it in my mind with the next paragraph. This is why I say it needed some help - it was readable, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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